Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Two Versions of "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Take a look at two versions of Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Tell-Tale Heart."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our New Vocabulary

Students will be learning new vocabulary in tomorrow's class. Students (and parents) can review our PowerPoint presentation below:

Learn About Edgar Allan Poe

We are going to be reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe in honor or Halloween. Learn more about Poe below:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our Next Blog Question

Halloween is a time of year when most people like to be scared. In your regular life, what scares you? Explain!

All blog responses are due by midnight on October 30th, 2010.

Incentive for Friday, October 29th

To reward the hard work of students throughout the first marking period, the middle school team will be offering a showing of the children's film, "How to Train Your Dragon" in the auditorium on our next half day, Friday, October 29th. To be eligible, students need to be in good academic standing and receive no referrals between Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 29th.

First Installment of the 25-Book Assignment

Just a reminder that the summary activities for the first installment of the 25-book assignment are due on Monday, October 25th. Students have had all marking period to work on the assignment and no late assignments will be accepted. Possible summary activities are printed on the back of the 25-book assignment handout. Additional handouts are located in Ms. Short's room.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Boys Modified Soccer Team

Congrats to the boys on the Nottingham Modified Soccer team who are undefeated. Check out pics of the great athletes below

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Upcoming Quiz

Students will have a quiz on Monday, October 25th. The quiz will cover:
  • the elements of fiction
  • the legend read in class, "Young Arthur"
  • the elements of effective paragraphs

Enjoy Your Day Off

Just a reminder that students do not have school on Wednesday, October 20th. In addition, students will have a half day next Friday, October 29th.

Practice Your Literary Fiction Vocabulary

Friday, October 8, 2010

Looking Ahead

Students will continue their study of fiction particularly folktales by reading the short story, "Young Arthur." Students can get to know a little about King Arthur by watching the video below:

In addition, students can follow the links below for additional information:

The Week in Rap

Review this week's current events by watching below:

The Week in Rap - Oct 8th 2010 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.

Three Day Weekend

Students and parents are reminded that school is not in session on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

Elements of Fiction Rap

Today in class, students learned about the five elements of fiction. Students can review these elements by rewatching the PowerPoint presentation from today's class and/or linking to a song that defines and explains these elements by clicking the link below:

Students of the Week

The following students earned the distinction of Student of the Week for the week of October 4th to October 8th:

Period One - Wa Hi D.
Period Two - Tim W.
Period Three - Eannette P.
Period Five - Bonke R.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Next Weekly Editorial

Students are asked to compare and contrast a successful student with an unsuccessful student. Students will brainstorm ideas using a Venn diagram and then organize their thoughts using our flow chart planner. The final editorial should be four paragraphs and include:
  • an introduction
  • body paragraph one
  • body paragraph two
  • conclusion

Students of the Week for 9/27 to 10/1

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 9/27 to 10/1:

Period One - Natale D.
Period Two - Faizan H.
Period Three - Johnny D.
Period Five - Geneve C.